SANTO DOMINGO – Musician and composer Luis “El Terror” Dias, considered the father of Dominican rock, died Tuesday at a Santo Domingo medical center where he was hospitalized last weekend after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.
The artist was in delicate condition in the intensive care unit of the Plaza de la Salud hospital after undergoing catheterization to treat a myocardial infarction, local media said.
The singer, composer and guitarist, nicknamed “El Terror” for his particular musical style, also suffered kidney and liver complications.
Among the songs created by the deceased were “El Guardia del Arsenal” (Guard of the Arsenal) and “La Porqueria” (Filth).
Dias, whose real name was Luis Diaz Portorreal, was known for his varied contributions to alternative music and for mingling rhythms like rock, reggae and jazz with others of the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti.
The singer, who in 2004 was honored by the Dominican government as a “cultural asset,” also wrote lyrics for popular Dominican merengue artists like Sergio Vargas and Fernando Villalona.
In 2007 the singer-songwriter threatened to sue the Colombian singer Shakira for allegedly plagiarizing a chorus from one of his most popular songs.
Dias accused Shakira of using in her hit “Hips Don’t Lie” the phrase “baila en la calle de noche, baila en la calle de día...” (dance in the street at night, dance in the street by day), a verse identical to the song “Baila en la Calle” that he wrote in 1984 and which since then has become the official theme song of the Dominican carnival. EFE